CLEVELAND -- Fourth District Cleveland Police Sgt. Dean Graziolli, a 22-year veteran of the force, has been indicted for stealing from the public by claiming to be at work when he was not, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Graziolli, 47, of Cleveland, on eight counts of tampering with records, one count of theft in office, one count of theft and one misdemeanor count of dereliction of duty.

The indictment focuses on eight days between Oct. 14 and Nov. 1, 2012, when Graziolli claimed on his pay records to have been working in the Fourth District.

Cell phone records show he was not in the Fourth District for much of the day. Video from a local television reporter and pictures taken by a neighbor of Graziolli's confirm that he was not at his assigned post on the days in question.

Graziolli was afforded a pre-disciplinary hearing before Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath. Graziolli waived his right to the hearing and was immediately suspended without pay pending adjudication of the criminal proceedings.

"It is sad and disappointing that a police officer would violate the public trust and compromise the safety of the community because of his own intentional incompetence," said Assistant County Prosecutor James A. Gutierrez of the Economic Crime Unit in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

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